Thanatos

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Thanatos
Thanatos.jpg
Class: Heavy Mech
Faction: Inner Sphere
Ticket cost: 10 upon destruction
Tier: 12
Tonnage: 75 tons
Speed: 85 km/h (120 km/h with MASC)
Torso yaw: 360°
Torso pitch: -34° to +40° while standing.
-35° to +49° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 92 100 CBills
Total base armor: 68 325
Engine Size:
A:
Price: 96 700 CBills
Total base armor: 65 128
Engine Size:
B:
Price: 88 800 CBills
Total base armor: 65 128
Engine Size:
C:
Price: 87 800 CBills
Total base armor: 71 524
Engine Size:
D:
Price: 96 300 CBills
Total base armor: 71 524
Engine Size:
E:
Price: 88 100 CBills
Total base armor: 65 128
Engine Size:
F:
Price: 81 100 CBills
Total base armor: 65 128
Engine Size:
G:
Price: 89 500 CBills
Total base armor: 65 128
Engine Size:
Armor
BT
HD
LA
LL
LT
CT
RT
RA
RL
INT
6240
2760
5460
7489
6760
10921
6760
5460
7489
4493

The Thanatos is a large, powerful, Inner Sphere Heavy Mech. With its heavy armor, wide array of Weapons, and high speed and maneuverability for an IS heavy Mech, the Thanatos is a formidable Mech marred by its bulky, wide chassis and occasional Heat problems. All variants of the Thanatos come with varied pieces of Equipment, making it a very adaptable Mech capable of excelling in nearly any combat situation. Particularly, three variants of Thanatos come with GECM, making them excellent options if avoiding radar detection is of utmost importance. However, it is important to note that the Thanatos has a very large and very noticeable profile; it's relatively tall and extremely wide, making it easy to spot from a distance, as well as somewhat limiting the types of cover it can effectively utilize.

Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

The Thanatos Prime packs an Energy Weapon-heavy loadout consisting of an ERLBL, 2 ERMBLs, and a single MPL. This powerful array of Lasers lends the Prime variant good damage capabilities at nearly any range, and when supplemented by its MRM30, the Thanatos Prime can put alot of hurt on a target very quickly. GECM and C3 allows it to stay relatively concealed while sharing its radar information with allies, while Standard Jump Jets afford it additional maneuverability and poptarting capabilities. The Prime variant has excellent combat longevity due to both it's large Energy Weapon arsenal, as well as the free ton for MRM30 reloads; however, with only 5 extra DHS, the Thanatos Prime suffers a bit when it comes to heat management.

Variant A

The A variant is a fearsome mid-range fighter, stripping Heat Sinks and weaponry in order to cram in a mighty HGauss. Supplemented by 4 ERMBLs, the Thanatos A is an excellent Mech in finishing-off the heavily damaged opponents. Added LAMS and GECM systems also afford it decent survivability. Standard Jump Jets can make it a devastating ambusher when used with Passive Radar. Although note the LAMS will break stealth on any enemy rockets passing by. Heat can be a bit of a concern, as the Thanatos A mounts only 2 extra Dual Heat Sinks, and though carrying 2 Free Tons, ammo can be a serious concern as this only affords a total of 12 HGauss rounds. The greatest weakness of this variant is it's greatest strength - The Heavy Gauss mounted on its arm is a very easy target with little armor, leaving it the first thing aware pilots shoot at. After taking down the primary gun, this variant remains relatively harmless.

Variant B

The Inner Sphere's only part time Arrow boat, the Thanatos B sports a single ArrowIV launcher, backed by a trio of LBX2 and an ERPPC. The Arrow launcher, with all of its quirks, forces the asset's operation to revolve around it. This mean you will need a forward observer to direct your artillery fire, or a vantage point that affords you to crouch in order to get a manual lock. An iNARC launcher allows the variant to attach targeting beacons to targets 800m out. The backup weapons are not too formidable damage-wise, but allow it provide decent direct fire support up to 1200m away with its autocannons and out to 900m with its ERPPC. Care must be taken not to disable friendly NARC beacons, although in theory it could deal with an approaching enemy unit while still pelting the designated target with artillery. In practice, its 2 DHS mean significant heat issues, especially when taking its Jump Jets into account, which are better off being used by themselves while getting into position or escaping, rather than for jumpsniping purposes.

Variant C

The "Bully"'s twin brother, separated at birth, sporting blistering close range firepower. The Thanatos C caries the AC20, a most formidable ballistic weapon by itself, accompanied by an trio of LPPCs and a quite pondering DSSRM4. Only three DHS, while able to keep the autocannon and missile launcher in check, will choke on every particle-cannon's trio volley. Save for the most dire moments, it is strongly advised to fire the later in succession rather than at once. The odd one of the three tons left for ammo should be used for either the missiles or the auto cannon spares, depending whether the pilot wants to strain its foes by most DPS or by the assault class ballistic weapon.
The top selling point of this variant is the strong power of night vision denial and near permanent EMP output capacity out to 450m.

Variant D

Nicknamed "The Bully", the Thanatos D will jump you at your weakest moment and turn you into slag while laughing off your attempts to retaliate. Equipped with an LBX20 on one arm, a DSRM6 on the other and a trio of MPL on its torsos, the Thanatos D can make use of a tighter window of engagement despite sacrificing some dps compared to the C thanks to swapping autocannon models. 3 DHS mean heat is harder to manage and the laser array will often have to go unused. The remaining tonnage is enough for a GECM, allowing the Bully to keep an eye on its victims while staying hidden, while 3 free tons can keep its weapons fed for a good while, without completely relieving it of ammo woes.

Variant E

This one is as "poptart" as one gets. The two spare SRM2 launchers are there to threaten enemy's aim rather than its welfare. To maximize this effect the pilot is advised to fire them in succession of the other weapons instead of at once. Utilizing this break for the other two weapon groups, the cool LB 5-X trio and the ERPPC, are best used interchangeably as they become ready to fire. It goes without saying that this deadly ballet is rather a game of tough nerves than one of who shoots the fastest. Especially with the ever hot ERPPC on the table. The two main weapon groups both converge on 900 meters making thus the range from 350m to 900m its sweet spot or a kill zone for slower targets. Cutting no slack for flyers or fast movers, the LB 5-X trio’s pellets move notably faster than a ppc bolt, meaning less target leading is required. The LBX also receives a bonus against flying targets. The weary pilot is advised to remember; firing both weapon types and simultaneously using its Standard Jump Jets ends up heavily taxing the two DHS. All in all, the E is a formidable, far reaching mech, ideal for a seasoned pilot who keeps an eye on his heat when the push comes to shove.

Variant F

The cheapest Thanatos variant due to a complete lack of supporting equipment and plain weaponry, the Thanatos F is by no means weak. Its weaponry consists of an LRM20 launcher for long range indirect fire support, an LBX10 for anything medium range or closer, and an array of beam lasers covering every size and range, from a single LBL, to a pair of MBL and 4 ERSBL. The Thanatos F is a versatile mech capable of engagements at every range, but a very tight sweet spot where all guns can fire, existing between the 400m reach of the small lasers and its missile launcher's minimum range. 3 DHS struggle with the bursts of heat generated by the laser array and missile launcher, while its free ton usually carries an extra nine shots of LRMs. Despite being able to rely on energy weapons, the asset will find itself making ammo runs often if it wants to sustain its peak damage potential.

Variant G

G is for Gauss here - the spare ton, the jump jets, and the enhanced optics all aid to exploit the best of the 31st century's ballistic weapons: the all mighty Gauss. Low heat, fast projectiles, low recoil - you name it - it has got it. The ERLBL pair compliments the arsenal even for even the fastest of targets up to 800 meters, because the mighty Gauss can fire only every so often. The direct fire arsenal is further complimented by an not as powerful, but somewhat better ranged, as well as faster paced LRM10 launcher. However the usual two DHS, even if kept functional at all times, will struggle heavily to keep it running cool.
The selling point of this Variant may be how well all its weapon systems fare against aerial targets.

Canon

The Thanatos was designed as the first OmniMech of StarCorps Industries to be sold for Lyran Alliance or Armed Forces of the Federated Suns, though neither of them was interested in a new Omni design by the time prototype was ready. Because of large investment in R&D the chassis could not be abandoned easily, so the company management decided to transform it into a regular BattleMech. And so in 3061 a Mech made to duplicate Thor capabilities hit the market.

The Thanatos, with maximum speed of 86 km/h and a jump range of 150m, is very maneuverable for a heavy BattleMech, making it a superb cavalry unit. Base weaponry includes an MRM20 launcher with 2 tons of spare ammunition, an Extended Range Large Laser, 2 Extended Range Medium Lasers, a single Medium Pulse Laser and an impressive set of electronics including an ECM Suite, a C3 slave and Jump Jets. 13 tons of armor gave this Mech respective defense.
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